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  • IALNAZOV, Dimiter Savov
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    Political Economy, Economic Development, System Change towards Renewable Energy in Emerging and Developing Economies

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    Searching for solutions of
    economic development problems

    IALNAZOV, Dimiter Savov
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    My research is about policies and institutions for economic development in the age of globalization. About 20 years ago I started by asking myself two simple questions: (1) why are certain countries more successful than others in achieving rapid economic growth and development, and (2) why do the outcomes of similar economic policies vary across countries? To answer the above questions, one should learn how to compare emerging and developing countries according to the ways in which they are integrated in the global economy, as well as the quality of their institutions. Students who would like to study under my supervision will need critical thinking about various theories of comparative economic development and a strong will to look for practical solutions (not necessarily based on those theories). Recently, my research has been shifting towards topics like “sustainable development”, “green economy” or “green growth”, and “green transformations” in emerging and developing countries. This implies that the future solutions of economic development problems should also include policies and institutions that reduce the damage to the natural environment and improve society’s resilience to natural disasters.

  • IKEDA, Yuichi
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    Data science, Network science, Computational science

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    Ultimate Fate of the Economy

    IKEDA, Yuichi
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    The globalization of the economy is progressing with the rise of emerging countries. While the economy has developed vigorously, complex problems such as recurrence of financial and economic crises, the finite natural and energy resources, and environmental destruction have emerged. Will the Earth in its current extension reach an equilibrium where every nation becomes richer or will it enter a catastrophe? No one can answer the question with confidence. This is because it is a new frontier that emerged at the beginning of the 21st century that cannot be addressed by individual academic disciplines. I think everyone is lucky to have come around in these times. You will experience difficulties and setbacks in the process of venturing into new frontiers. However, the effort is sure to pay off. The world is watching your challenge. We want you to feel confidence and dare to take on the challenge. A final word. "A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it acquires transferable skills."

  • NAGAYAMA Hiroaki Professor

    Electricity policy, renewable energy policy, electricity business management, internatinal cooperation

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    NAGAYAMA Hiroaki Professor

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    After graduating from university, I joined Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), and worked there from 1988 to 2007, I mainly consulted on the business strategies of major Japanese companies, designing overseas business strategy. I was also closely involved in ODA (Official Development Assistance) projects farmed out by the World Bank, JICA, NEDO, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japanese government in Asia, Central and South America, which mainly focused on the restructuring of the power sector, and the formulation of renewable energy plans. While I worked at MRI, I obtained an MBA from Yale University, and stayed at Cambridge University as a visiting researcher in the Faculty of Applied Economics for one year. I earned a PhD from the Graduate School of Energy Science at Kyoto University, and joined Kyoto University in 2008. Since joining Kyoto University, I have been involved in power policy in developing countries, and have been involved in the formulation of electricity master-plans for Myanmar and Iran, and power research projects in Pakistan, Ghana, Laos, and the Philippines. As a member of the Council for Mass Introduction of Renewable Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japanese government, I make recommendations on what Japan's renewable energy policy should be. I arrived at the Shinshu kan (Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability) in October 2020. At Shinshu kan, I would like students to experience the policy-making process at home and abroad as much as possible.

    Favorite saying " Each morning without saying a word, I put on my straw sandals and go out to start my day" by Santouka

  • SAITO Kei
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    Green Chemistry, Sustainable Chemistry, Circular Economy, Polymer Chemistry

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    SAITO Kei
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    My research interests are in developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign materials and alternative energy materials based on the principles of Green Chemistry and Circular Economy. Come and join us!!
    Green chemistry is an academic field in chemistry that is concerned with the design of safe processes and products. In addition, when green chemistry is used in material production, the new material should not only be more environmentally benign but also perform as well and be more economical than alternative materials. Green and Sustainable Chemistry research should not be restricted to research in just using safe chemistry for processes or making safe products that already exist. New and innovative technology is key for green chemistry research, and innovative technology will make the processes.

  • SEKIYAMA Kaoru
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    Psychology of life-span development, Cognitive neuroscience, Intervention studies for dementia prevention

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    SEKIYAMA Kaoru
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    I have studied plasticity of the human cognitive system. From my studies investigating how people adapt to reversed visual field over a long period, I have been amazed by human remarkable ability to adapt to such a radical environmental change. I have also noticed negative consequences of disuse of the brain. In recent years, I have been engaged in transdisciplinary research examining what types of lifestyle or intervention have anti-aging (dementia prevention) effects on the brain. As Japan is the most advanced aged society in the world, our research finding will contribute to what are needed in the future grobe. Would you join us and investigate this problem together?

  • TAKARA, Kaoru
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    hydrology, civil engineering, natural hazard science, disaster prevention technology and policy research

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    TAKARA, Kaoru
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    In a movie The Sound of Music, a senior nun sang “Climb every mountain” to Maria who was worried about her life at that time. When Maria, Captain von Trapp, and their seven children were about to escape from Austria to Switzerland avoiding persecution of the Nazis, a German soldier, who was a boyfriend of the first daughter, was trying to stop their escaping. The Captain said “You’ll never be one of them” to him.
    These two phrases are my favorite mottoes.
    “Climb every mountain” means try every difficulty to solve. “Never be one of them” means don’t be buried with others, don’t accommodate yourself to public opinion, think by yourself, or make your own originality and ingenuity.
    If I had watched this movie in Japanese translation, I would have neglected such phrases. This movie is not an antiwar one. Using the war as a theme, it includes various lessons of life and is a really excellent, great movie.
    Students! I hope you learn various things, work hard and study hard in the GSAIS (Shishu-kan). Pioneer your own dynamic life in future!

  • YAMASHIKI, Yosuke
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    Earth & Planetary Science (Water Resources Engineering, Aquatic and Environmental Engineering,Solar Terrestrial System Science)

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    YAMASHIKI, Yosuke
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    I have been working with UN agencies as UNEP and UNESCO for the conservation of dams and reservoirs in the La Plata River basin in South America in order to establish a framework for the basin to solve related environmental problems. I am also involved in research related to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. In addition, based on experiences in hydrological and radiological issues on the Earth, we are expanding our research into space and working with Mars and exoplanets.

    Today, we must set two conflicting goals, such as sustainable development and symbiosis with the Earth, and conservation of the local environment and increasing employment. We are searching for a solution to this problem and have named it "Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability." A true global leader needs a deep understanding of the global issues and have insight into what is happening, and when it comes time to act, they must be able to move quickly, while involving world leaders and international organizations. In addition, research into the possibility of migration to other planets will begin in earnest in 2020. If you are interested in earth and space development, why don’t you join us?

  • DEROCHE, Marc-Henri
    Associate Professor

    Philosophy, Buddhist Studies

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    Study, Reflection and Practice (聞思修):
    In Quest for Wisdom

    DEROCHE, Marc-Henri
    Associate Professor

    The model of “study, reflection and practice” (聞思修) has been used across centuries in Asia and Japan in order to express the way to grow in wisdom (智慧). Facing global challenges, we definitely need wise leaders. But what is wisdom? My goal is to offer to students the necessary historical and intellectual background in humanities and world philosophy, encapsulated by the ancient Greek maxim “Know Thyself” or its Buddhist parallel “To Know One’s Own Mind as It Truly Is” (如實知自心). Following a rather cross-cultural approach, I aim at giving students the necessary resources in order to adapt skilfully in intercultural environments, cultivating a deeper understanding of cultural diversity, minorities, and exchanges between civilizations. My own research focuses on the Buddhist “quest for wisdom” (philosophia) through textual and historical study, fieldwork research in Asia and the Himalayan regions, and interdisciplinary collaboration with other philosophers or cognitive scientists. In this way, I envision my contribution to Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability according to (1) the preservation of the cultural and intellectual heritage of humanity, and (2) the constitution of a new body of knowledge, or “wisdom for survival,” based on the re-appreciation of the most fundamental virtues and human values that are vital for sustainable and harmonious coexistence.

  • KANAMURA, Takashi
    Associate Professor

    Commodity Finance, Energy Finance

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    KANAMURA, Takashi
    Associate Professor

    Based on the theory of finance, I conduct research to solve global issues in commodity markets, energy markets, carbon markets and sustainable investment. Specifically, in addition to the research on energy and carbon market risk management, I am interested in research on the effectiveness of sustainable finance such as clean energy investment, green bond and ESG investment.

  • SEKIYAMA Takashi
    Associate Professor

    International Political Economy, Environmental Politics, Law and Development

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    SEKIYAMA Takashi
    Associate Professor

    Before joining GSAIS in 2019, I experienced policy-making at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and studied at graduate schools in Japan, China, and the United States. My research field is International Political Economy. In particular, I am interested in the cross-border interaction between politics and economics as well as its impact on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Geographically, I have been involved in a variety of projects related to the Asia-Pacific region, such as economic diplomacy toward Southeast Asia, Japan-China exchange programs, and researches on Japan, China, and the United States. Also, as a researcher, I have actively devoted myself to policy-making of national and local governments. I am looking forward to working for better future together with you: especially, those who want to engage in policy-making at national governments or international organizations; those who want to be successful in dynamic Asia; and those who want to contribute to realizing a sustainable society. See you at GSAIS!

  • ZHAO, Liang
    Associate Professor

    Fundamental Informatics, Computation

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    Welcome to Information Wisdom Theory

    ZHAO, Liang
    Associate Professor

    Mainly from the view point of informatics, I am interested in interdisciplinary researches including as network algorithms, optimization, machine learning, deep learning, as well as learning theory, wisdom, and life. Calling it the Information Wisdom Theory, I am considering the implementation, limitation and danger of future AI, so as the nature of life, creativity and future world from the aspect of information. If you are interested, you are welcome to discuss these topics with me.

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  • KUWAJIMA Shuichiro Program-Specific Professor

    Innovation Theory, Research for Society-Academia Collaboration, Science & Technology Policy Research, X-ray Analysis

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    KUWAJIMA Shuichiro Program-Specific Professor

    In the last 20 years, “Innovation” has been added in one of the goals of the Science&Technology policy in Japan. Universities are also expected to create innovators by promoting collaboration with many social sectors, that is one of the missions of the Shishukan. Innovation means an essential changing in the mechanism of value creation, and is different from obtaining economic benefits while depending on the existing system. It should be noted that the recognition of innovation in society is diverse and the misunderstandings could affect the responsibilities that universities have been entrusted by society. To avoid it, it is necessary to understand both possibilities and limitations of innovation and to acquire the ability to create the essential value expected in society. I’d like to consider together about the role of universities for “Innovation”.

  • SHINOHARA Masatake Program-Specific Associate Professor

    Philosophy, Environmental Humanities

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    SHINOHARA Masatake Program-Specific Associate Professor

    In the domain of natural science like the earth system science, it is predicted that the ecological circumstances such as global warming, extreme weather and sea rising threaten the realm of human life. From the philosophical stance which theoretically appreciates the fundamental condition of human living and forms a concept of it, it forces us to reconsider the philosophical problem of the human condition. Even though I belong to the domain of humanities, I accept the view of reality proposed by the natural science as the one which urges us to make change of the fundamental assumption underlying the philosophical thinking. I would like to designate the world view concerning to the human condition. In this respect, what is required is the interdisciplinary approach to learn from the natural science and collaborate with practical experts like architects and urban planners.

  • DOI Takao
    Program-Specific Professor

    Human Spaceology

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    DOI Takao
    Program-Specific Professor

    I am carrying out educational and research programs to create “Spaceology” which is a new academic discipline that studies human space activities. For education, I am developing a research-educational program on the integrated science of human space activities under a contract with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. For research, I am leading the Space Wood Laboratory, in which we are conducting experiments to study the physical and chemical characteristics of wood in a vacuum as well as study the growth of trees under low pressure conditions. We are going to develop and operate the first wooden satellite in the world.

  • TOSA Naoko
    Program-Specific Professor

    Art Innovation Research Project

    Culture and Computing, Media Art, Art Science Innovation

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    TOSA Naoko
    Program-Specific Professor

    Nowadays, society is becoming more and more complex and diverse.
    Also, people are too busy.
    Important things are invisible to our eyes.
    For natural and healthy life, everybody needs an artistic mind.
    If you have an artistic mind, you can find hidden beauty in nature.
    Seeing hidden beauty can remove all our barriers such as language and cultural differences, because our hearts become unified.

  • HASHIMOTO Michio Program-Specific Professor

    SDGs and Global Resilience Research Project

    Energy Policy, Technology Analysis and Strategy, International Cooperation

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    HASHIMOTO Michio Program-Specific Professor

    Energy is essential commodity for our economy and also our daily life. Many of governments, therefore, give higher priority to Energy in their national policy making. Security of supply, environmental protection, competitiveness, then safety. Policy requirements have been expanding and diversified. What comes next? and how Energy Policy evolved in the future? Energy technologies are also changing. Started from fossil fuels, then nuclear, now renewables and more sophisticated technologies like hydrogen. Energy is no longer a commodity but becoming a service by combined with other type of new technologies like ICT. This revolutionary change is called “Energy Transition” which is now ongoing in Japan and worldwide. I would like to provide you an opportunity to learn and discuss about this Energy Transition. Hope we can create some kind of “New Value” in Energy System through this discussion.

  • SHIMIZU Mika Program-Specific Associate Professor

    SDGs and Global Resilience Research Project

    Public Policy, Social System, Resilience, Organizations/Governance, Disaster Risk Management

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    SHIMIZU Mika Program-Specific Associate Professor

    I have engaged in global risks and governance research based in the United States since my student years. With the academic studies I have worked for Embassy of Japan in the U.S. and Nomura Research Institute America as a researcher, and was committed to policy research in East-West Center. My recent research keyword is “resilience”. I published Collaborative Knowledge Creation based Resilience (Kyoto University Press, 2015, Japanese), and Nexus of Resilience and Public Policy in a Modern Risk Society (Sprinter, 2019). What I engage now is developing “resilience approach” which focuses on linkages of resilience in natural, human and social systems to apply it to complex issues for sustainable society. I am determined to promote relevant research and education based on resilience by emphasizing to “look at both the overall structure of systems (“forests”) and contexts within systems (“trees”) in parallel” for the changing risk society.

  • TAKEDA Shutaro Program-Specific Associate Professor

    SDGs and Global Resilience Research Project

    Sustainametrics、Energy Economics、Nuclear Fusion

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    TAKEDA Shutaro Program-Specific Associate Professor

    Dear fellow survivability learners,

    It is my greatest pleasure to greet you as a former student of GSAIS myself. I started my professional career as a development specialist in South-east Asia, then co-founded a tech startup in Japan, then finally served the United Nations in Vienna before returning to GSAIS as a faculty in 2021. I am currently striving to establish an all-new academic field of "sustainametrics," which applies statistical and mathematical methods to sustainable development.

    It is the responsibility of our very generation to find the ever-so-elusive lead to a sustainable future. The very purpose of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability is to pursue this lead through integration rather than specialization, practice rather than theorization.

    However, you have to be aware that Human Survavility is not a pre-established subject. You, students, will have to play a vital role in establishing this upcoming academic field in tandem with faculties. You will be challenged to establish a new academic field while carrying out your own research and study. This may sound like a daunting task for you. But worry not; many have gone through the process before you. As a former student myself, I will fully support your challenge and endeavors as a veteran.

    So rest assured, and join us in our journey to make a difference! I wholeheartedly welcome all of you.

  • MIZUMOTO Kenji Program-Specific Assistant Professor

    Hakubi Center for Advanced Research【Tenure-track Type】

    Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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    MIZUMOTO Kenji Program-Specific Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kenji Mizumoto, an expert in infectious disease epidemiology, is a Program-Specific Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability at Kyoto University. Before coming to Kyoto, Dr. Mizumoto was a clinical assistant professor at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. His professional interests include the study of the effectiveness of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions against infectious disease. Using a variety of epidemiological methods and statistical/mathematical modelling, he aims to identify optimal public health strategies based on scientific data that can lead effective policy-making decisions. Prior to pursuing public health research, Mizumoto worked as a clinician at several hospitals in Japan and served as a medical officer for the Office of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan. After the March 2011 earthquake in Japan, Mizumoto provided medical support in disaster-stricken areas as well as worked as part of a national support team for the health ministry. During his time in medical school, he also completed his MPH in the United States.

  • Bahareh KAMRANZAD Program-Specific Assistant Professor

    Hakubi Center for Advanced Research【Global Type】

    Ocean renewable energies, sustainability, climate change impacts, numerical modeling, coastal protection

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    Bahareh KAMRANZAD Program-Specific Assistant Professor

    Renewable energy resources are proper alternatives to mitigate the negative effects of fossil fuels on global warming and climate change. Marine renewable energies are massive resources to provide parts of the energy demand in areas adjacent to open water bodies. Among them, waves have the highest density and lowest visual and environmental impacts, however, the available resources are strongly affected by climate change. Moreover, installment of wave energy converters (WECs) will impact the sea state and coastal morphology. Therefore, my research is focused on assessing the climate change impacts on wave energy resources and extreme events to ensure a reliable supply of energy and efficient use of it, as well as reducing the uncertainties in coastal hazards and investigating the combined impact of climate change and installment of WECs on sea state and coastal morphology to reduce the uncertainties in planning for a future sustainable development.

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  • FUJIWARA, Hiroshi, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

    Chairman & President, CEO
    BroadBand Tower, Inc.
    President, SBI Graduate School

    FUJIWARA, Hiroshi, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • KOBAYASHI, Izumi
    Specially Appointed Professor

    Director, Member of the Board
    ANA Holdings, Inc.
    Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
    Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
    OMRON Corporation

    KOBAYASHI, Izumi
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • KUNO, Sachiko, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

    President & CEO,
    S&R Foundation

    KUNO, Sachiko, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • MAEKAWA, Atsushi
    Specially Appointed Professor

    Senior Fellow
    SIGMAXYZ Inc.

    President
    MAEK Lab.Inc.

    MAEKAWA, Atsushi
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • MIYAMOTO, Yuji
    Specially Appointed Professor

    宮本アジア研究所 代表

    MIYAMOTO, Yuji
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • MORI, Masahiko
    Specially Appointed Professor

    DMG MORI CO., LTD.
    President

    MORI, Masahiko
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • NAKAMURA, Kazuo, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

    CMIC HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.
    Representative Director, Chairman and CEO

    NAKAMURA, Kazuo, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • SAYAMA Nobuo Specially Appointed Professor

    Representative Director & Partner, Integral Corporation
    Chairman & Representative Director, SKYMARK AIRLINES INC.
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
    Visiting Professor, Business School of  Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University
    Visiting Professor, Kansai University

    SAYAMA Nobuo Specially Appointed Professor

  • SERIZAWA, Yu
    Specially Appointed Professor

    President and CEO, Forma Corporation
    Director General for International Affairs, Science and Technology in Society forum
    Advisor to the President, Mori Building Company Limited
    Member of the Board, Renault SA

    SERIZAWA, Yu
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • SEN, Genshitsu
    Specially Appointed Professor

    15th Grand Master,
    Urasenke Chado Tradition

    SEN, Genshitsu
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • WATANABE, Nana
    Specially Appointed Professor

    Founder and Chairperson, Ashoka Japan

    WATANABE, Nana
    Specially Appointed Professor

  • YAMAZAKI, Naoko
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

    Astronaut
    Rep Director, Space Port Japan Association

    YAMAZAKI, Naoko
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

  • YAMAMOTO, Yasumasa
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

    dnx ventures Industry Partner

    YAMAMOTO, Yasumasa
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

  • YOSHIKAWA, Emi
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

    Ripple, Inc.
    Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Operations

    YOSHIKAWA, Emi
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor

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